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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
$5,800 Whiskey Bottle, a Gift From Japan to Pompeo, Is Missing, U.S. Says  —  The State Department is investigating what happened to it.  —  The State Department is investigating the whereabouts of a $5,800 bottle of whiskey the Japanese government gave to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019 …
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Pompeo got $5,800 whisky gift from Japan, but where is it?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Spectrum News 1 Central NY:   Live Blog: New York Democratic Party chair says he spent the last day urging Cuomo to resign
Choire Sicha / New York Magazine:
Andrew Cuomo's Big Gross Book of Touches
Discussion: Gawker
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The DOJ Official Who Tried to Steal the Election for Trump Has a Sweet New Gig  —  On Tuesday, ABC News reported that Jeffrey Bossert Clark—the Justice Department official who spearheaded an effort to overturn the 2020 election—sought to convince the Georgia General Assembly to throw …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Raw Story
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump asks court to end House pursuit of his tax returns from IRS
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Jon Jackson / Newsweek:
Lambda vs. Delta COVID Variant: What We Know So Far About the Different Strains
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Is the Delta Variant Making Younger Adults ‘Sicker, Quicker’?
Discussion: Forbes
Wilson Wong / NBC News:
White woman in viral video says she had no choice but to call police on Black bird-watcher … The white woman who was recorded on video calling police to claim that a Black bird-watcher was threatening her in New York City's Central Park last year said she felt she was backed into a corner.
Rosalind Helderman / Washington Post:
‘The stuff of which violent insurrections are made:’ Federal judge punishes Colorado lawyers for 2020 election lawsuit  —  A federal judge in Colorado has punished two lawyers who filed a lawsuit challenging the 2020 election late last year, finding that the case was “frivolous,” “not warranted by existing law” and filed “in bad faith.”
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Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Boston mayor compares NYC's vaccine mandate to slavery, birtherism  —  The mayor of Boston said the city won't be following New York's lead requiring proof of vaccination at many indoor businesses, claiming the move is reminiscent of “slavery” and birtherism.
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The Texas Tribune:
Two House Democrats who broke quorum missing from Washington, D.C., reportedly vacationing in Portugal  —  Their vacation does not affect the lack of quorum that the House has in Austin to pass the elections bill.  But it is at odds with Democrats' insistence that they would use their time away …
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San Antonio Express-News:
‘No one has shown proof.’ Texas Democrat won't say whether she left DC for European vacation
Discussion: ABC13
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Mexico to sue U.S.-based gunmakers over flow of arms across border  —  MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government said Wednesday it plans to file legal action against several major U.S.-based gun manufacturers, alleging that lax controls contribute to the illegal flow of weapons over the border …
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Galveston County Daily News:
Dickinson councilman H Scott Apley, hospitalized with COVID-19, dies at 45  —  H Scott Apley, a Dickinson city council member and official in the Galveston County Republican Party, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19, officials said Wednesday in a post on the party's Facebook page.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Joe.My.God.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
These corporations just donated to a Republican group that helped create the January 6 mob  —  Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria, and Rebecca Crosby … That was an excerpt from robocalls sent on January 5 by the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA), through its self-described “policy branch,” the Rule of Law Defense Fund (RLDF).
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's novel evictions defense: Maybe it's illegal, but it's worth it  —  After days of his administration suggesting that it couldn't do this legally, it did it anyway.  And Biden isn't really trying to put a good face on that, either.  —  Early last decade, then-President Barack Obama and Congress were in a standoff.
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Cameron Cawthorne / Fox News:
Cori Bush, Democrat demanding eviction halt, was sued for not paying rent
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Hardy / Texas Monthly:
“I Don't Believe Anything”: Among the Unvaccinated in One Central Texas Community  —  “You don't have to wear a mask!” the man shouted as I approached the Army Store in downtown Killeen.  It was a brutally hot afternoon in late July, and Bell County, where Killeen is located …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE U.S. developing plan to require foreign visitors to be vaccinated -official  —  The Biden administration is developing a plan to require nearly all foreign visitors to the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of eventually lifting travel restrictions that bar …
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and Bangor Daily News
Marist Poll:
Marist Poll Results & Analysis: Governor Andrew Cuomo  —  The post Marist Poll Results & Analysis: Governor Andrew Cuomo first appeared on Home of the Marist Poll.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tucker Carlson Has Seen the Future, and It Is Fascist Orban's Hungary is the road map for American authoritarianism.  —  In 1919, the progressive journalist Lincoln Steffens visited the nascent Soviet Union and declared, “I have seen the future and it works.”
Discussion: Insider and The Time of Monsters
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Obama Significantly Scales Back 60th Birthday Party as Virus Cases Rebound  —  Hundreds of former Obama administration officials, celebrities and Democratic donors had been planning to attend the huge bash on Martha's Vineyard on Saturday.  —  WASHINGTON — The party plans had been months …
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
Nina Turner Lost to the Redbox  —  How Shontel Brown used questionably legal campaign finance tactics to take a House seat  —  A cardboard cutout likeness of Nina Turner atop a campaign vehicle  —  As recently as June, the special election to replace Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge …
Lisa Gray / Houston Chronicle:
‘Dark times’: Houston's fourth COVID-19 wave to be the largest yet, medical leaders predict  —  Fueled by the delta variant, a surge in Houston COVID-19 hospitalizations is growing as fast as at any time during the pandemic so far, and is projected to pass previous records by mid-August …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
House GOP Campaign Chair Won't Rule Out Backing Candidates Who Attended Jan. 6 Riot  —  At least two Republican congressional candidates were part of the mob that went to the Capitol to overturn the election results.  —  Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), the man in charge of taking back the House majority …
Nolan Hicks / New York Post:
NYC vaccine campaign surges 40 percent amid mandates, new incentives  —  Sometimes it takes a carrot — and a stick!  —  The Big Apple's vaccination campaign has surged 40 percent after Mayor Bill de Blasio offered $100 gift cards for shots and ordered city employees to get vaccinated …
Eesha Pendharkar / Education Week:
A $5 Million Fine for Classroom Discussions on Race?  In Tennessee, This Is the New Reality  —  Remove  —  Tennessee aims to levy fines starting at $1 million and rising to $5 million on school districts each time one of their teachers is found to have “knowingly violated” …
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
The ‘Cuomosexual’ phenomenon was disgraceful.  We're politicians' bosses, not their fans.  —  Is there a more embarrassing recent entry to the American lexicon than “Cuomosexual?”  The expression burst into the public imagination last spring, when New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's briefings …
thv11.com:
Gov. Hutchinson wishes he didn't sign mask mandate ban into law  —  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he regrets signing a mask mandate ban into law.  He has called a special session to amend the law for schools.  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Governor Asa Hutchinson …
The Dworkin Report:
Reality Winner's lawyer lays out the case for her freedom  —  Scott speaks with Alison Grinter, a lawyer to some of America's most politically persecuted people, including Reality Winner, whose bombshell NSA leak about Russia's attack on the 2016 election changed the course of our nation's politics.
 
 
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:
A Quick Reminder That Mandating Vaccines Is Totally Constitutional
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Damning N.Y. AG report on Cuomo ensnares HRC president
Discussion: The Hill and TIME
Sara Randazzo / Wall Street Journal:
Former Theranos Patients Can Testify at Elizabeth Holmes Trial, Judge Rules
Washington Free Beacon:
Infrastructure Bill Would Require Alcohol Monitors for All New Cars
The Intellectualist:
How Trump Destroyed The GOP: It Can't Live With Him, And It Can't Live Without Him
Adam Gurri / Liberal Currents:
End America's Institutional Provincialism
Bloomberg:
Ex-Carlyle Boss Racked Up Bad Bets Before Move to Politics
Discussion: Blue Virginia
 Earlier Items: 
Gallup:
No Preferred Racial Term Among Most Black, Hispanic Adults
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Buzzy media startup Puck launches in beta
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Poll: Most Americans now favor mask mandates to slow Delta's rapid spread
Discussion: Townhall
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
The Myth of the Golden Years
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
How a tiny legal office inside the Justice Department is tormenting Trumpworld
Discussion: Political Wire
Suzanne Ciechalski / NBC News:
Virginia Covid patient goes from ‘invincible’ to hospital-bed vaccine advocate